Carter v. Mulcahy et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff's request for appointment of counsel is DENIED at this time. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff has until Friday, February 28, 2014 to file an amended complaint in this action. IT IS F INALLY ORDERED that Defendants are granted until Friday, February 28, 2014, within which to respond to Plaintiff's motion for access to the courts, particularly his request for legal materials. Response to Court due by 2/28/2014. Signed by District Judge John A. Ross on 2/19/2014. (JMC)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
LARRY LASHAWN CARTER,
CAPT. JAMES MULCAHY, et al.,
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court upon its review of the record. On February 3, 2014, the
Court issued an Order denying Plaintiff’s request for counsel in this case and ordering Defendants
to respond to Plaintiff’s First Amendment motion for access to the courts. (ECF No. 31).
Defendants responded to this Court’s show cause order indicating that the Cape Girardeau County
Jail maintains a library, which includes the Missouri Revised Statutes that Plaintiff requested.
(ECF Nos. 32, 33).1
In a letter dated February 13, 2014, Plaintiff again details several issues for the Court.
(ECF No. 34). First, Plaintiff renews his request for appointment of counsel. Second, Plaintiff
contends that he has put in several medical requests, but he has not received a response. Finally,
Plaintiff states that he does not have access to legal material and the Cape Girardeau law library is
First, the Court notes that the facts and legal issues presented in the instant case are not so
complex as to warrant the appointment of counsel at this time. In addition, the pleadings filed by
Medical defendants Holder, Gibbs and Pewitt also indicated that Plaintiff has a federal public
defender representing him. Plaintiff, however, is pro se in this civil action.
Plaintiff, including his February 13, 2014 letter, indicate that he is capable of presenting the facts
and legal issues without the assistance of counsel. Therefore, the Court will not appoint counsel
at this time.
With respect to Plaintiff’s medical complaints, the Court interprets this as a request to
amend his complaint by interlineation. The Court does not accept amendments by interlineation.2
If Plaintiff wishes to amend his complaint, he must include with his motion to amend a proposed
complaint that includes each and every claim he wishes to bring against every defendant in this
Plaintiff is warned that the filing of an amended complaint replaces the original
complaint, and claims that are not realleged are deemed abandoned.
E.g., In re Wireless
Telephone Federal Cost Recovery Fees Litigation, 396 F.3d 922, 928 (8th Cir. 2005).
Finally, the Court orders Defendants to again respond to Plaintiff’s motion for access to the
courts. The Court notes that the jail officers told Plaintiff to speak with his attorney regarding his
request for the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. (ECF No. 34 at 5). This is not an appropriate
response given that the Court has denied appointment of counsel and Plaintiff is pro se in this
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff=s request for appointment of counsel is
DENIED at this time.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff has until Friday, February 28, 2014 to file
an amended complaint in this action.
Popoalii v. Correctional Medical Services, 512 F.3d 488, 497 (8th Cir.2008) (finding that it is
appropriate to deny leave to amend a complaint when a proposed amendment was not submitted
with the motion).
IT IS FINALLY ORDERED that Defendants are granted until Friday, February 28,
2014, within which to respond to Plaintiff’s motion for access to the courts, particularly his request
for legal materials.
Dated this 19th day of February, 2014.
JOHN A. ROSS
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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